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October 2012

From Brazil to Mozambique and the Azores to Luanda, we take you on a tour of the Portuguese-speaking world – its people, policies, brands and opportunities.

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Lake life

Buy a barn, take it apart, move it a few hours down the road and then rebuild it as a summerhouse. That’s exactly what architect Erik Persson did, resulting in his simple yet stunning retreat in the peaceful depths of the…

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Oceania Briefing

Australia's straight-talking foreign minister, election watch in Vanuatu, and the soft power of Kiwi sport.

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Defence Briefing

The downfall of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi in late 2011 had unforeseen consequences: thousands of Tuareg fighters employed by Gaddafi returned to their native Mali, adding considerable steel to a separatist movement in the…

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Inventory No. 57

This month you can stock your kitchen with new kit before settling down with a good book and a glass of something – beer, wine or milk and honey, as you see fit.

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Staying power

The Venezuelan port town of Maracaibo has long stood out from the rest of the country. Oil wealth means it’s set to become a Latin American hub – and a major pro-commerce, anti-Chávez stronghold in forthcoming elections

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The Agrarian Kitchen

Three years ago, Australian chef Rodney Dunn and his wife swapped the city for the countryside to start their own farm-based cooking school. It’s a growing concern...

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It's a mall world

Shopping malls in São Paulo are a cut above, with champagne bars, inhouse tailors and attentive service. Being a shop assistant can be a lucrative career and all this is because of Brazil’s new wealth. Monocle investigates…

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Heli vision

Heli Air Monaco is still going strong after 36 years. The company’s secret? Embrace innovation while covering the basics of professional service.

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Real corker

Amorim, a cork producer since 1870, is barking up the right tree after a company revamp and now supplies iconic wine estates as well as fashion houses and Nasa.

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Drone Home

Unmanned military planes and helicopters are a controversial subject but visitors and exhibitors at the Unmanned Systems North America trade fair were unfazed. They’re more excited about drones that can do the housework.

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Toeing the party line

As Barack Obama’s chief of protocol, Capricia Marshall is the public face of the White House when ambassadors and diplomats are in town. Keen to cement her legacy, she tells us how she gets things done in between the black…

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Katong

Katong on Singapore’s East Coast is a foodie neighbourhood full of hot property that’s attracting new residents.

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Executive exodus

With their country in the midst of economic ruin, thousands of Portuguese nationals are heading to skills-starved Angola in search of lucrative jobs. It may be boosting the former colony’s economy, but is everyone going to…

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Business Briefing

We report on how Portuguese and Brazilian middle classes are choosing France as their top European destination. Plus, why the new wave of coffee makers popping up in America looks a little bit like the old wave.

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My Last Meal: Menu building

Architect Isay Weinfeld would go all out, eating all his favourite unhealthy treats for his ‘last meal’. For the starter he’d visit a family restaurant full of character, moving on to the Fasano hotel for his main, followed…

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Glued to the screen

Evolving news coverage, new lifestyle shows and perennially popular soaps; it’s impossible to take your eyes off the Portuguese-language television that’s emanating from Brazil and taking the world by storm. Do not adjust…

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Talk it out

The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries is made up of eight countries spanning four continents, sharing only that common tongue. Monocle paid a visit to find out if they are all singing from the same hymn sheet.

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Observation

As Monocle warms up for a health and better living issue, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé reflects on which Lusophone nations are running ahead of the pack.

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Look back in wonder

The white-topped marquees that dot Regent’s park during the Frieze Art Fair have become a fixture of autumnal London. The fair has built an unrivaled reputation for attracting the world’s most exciting mix of industry…

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Dressed to impress

As this issue hits news-stands, the UN General Assembly will be sitting for its 67th session. For those diplomats unsure of how to cut a dash, our fashion editor offers some tips…

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Asia Briefing

Protecting Yangon's architecture, tackling illegal mining in Goa, and understanding seismic activity in Taiwan.

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Americas Briefing

The view from the campaign trail, the sartorial style of Uruguay's president, plus Brazilian coffee, Chilean traffic and Canadian education.

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A legacy of love

The old master still teaching his would-be successors new tricks, Álvaro Siza is as dedicated to architecture now as when he started his practice 60 years ago. Optimistic despite his country’s predicament, his focus is set…

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Flying the flag

From Portugal's telecoms giants to a Brazilian flip-flop maker, we pick 15 companies making waves in Portuguese-speaking world and beyond.

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